Not Enough Time? Here Are 15 Easy Ways How to Find More Time
I know you have hundreds of things you wish you could do with your life, but you just can’t find the time, right? You want to read a book, learn to cook, watch a drama series, exercise, do yoga, walk your dog, build a business, and still be able to spend quality time with your family. But you just don’t have enough time for all these.
So you have to understand that it is not that you don’t have enough time, instead, it is because you don’t really know how to manage yourself and your time. After all, every one of us was given the same amount of time each day.
On the other hand, there are also people who allowed the constant demands of their lives to pressure them. They allow life to happen to them rather than take control of time and live the life they wanted.
Your mission is to transform your life from the second group to the first. You want to reclaim your time and your life. You want to make good use of your time and live to the fullest.
More importantly, you want to find more time and create a life that you love living. So here are 15 little hacks how you can find more time in your day to build the lifestyle that you desire.
Cut back time spent on unnecessary activities
First, go through your work tasks and get rid of the tasks that don’t contribute to the results you want. Next, go through your leisure time and cut back on the time that isn’t really enjoyable. Here are some recommendations:
Television – I don’t really watch TV anymore. I do watch movies, but I only watch them in the cinema. If you can’t get rid of it completely, choose to cut it down to only watch the shows that you truly enjoy.
Social media – Do you really need to check updates and see what others are talking about once every hour? No, you don’t. Unless you need to work on social media, spend less time on it and invest your time elsewhere.
Games – Mobile games have made things easier for us, but the downside is that we tend to spend more time on them. You can enjoy playing games, but make sure you don’t overspend your time on them.
Plan Your Day
Planning your day prevents wasting time figuring out what you need to do next, even if most of your days look pretty much the same. Planning is more than simply listing tasks. As you plan your day:
- Create a clear to-do list. Instead of saying “write,” indicate what you’re writing.
- Start with the end in mind. We don’t mean the ultimate end goal, but the result you want from the task. For example, if you’re writing a book, while your ultimate goal is a completed book, your to-do list task might be “Complete draft of chapter one.”
- Block out time. Blocking out time helps you focus on the task at hand. It also creates a boundary, so you don’t take too much time on an activity. For example, checking email or social media can quickly waste an hour or more.
- Overestimate the time needed to complete your task. Often we get into trouble getting through the to-do list because we run out of time. Remember, things rarely go as planned, so tack on extra time for each to-do, and adjust your list and schedule so as not to overstuff your time.
- Use a timer. To help keep you working within your blocks, use a timer to let you know when your time is up. If needed, you can continue on that task, but you’ll need to readjust your other blocks to accommodate it.
- Don’t multitask. The idea of doing tasks simultaneously is a myth unless it’s walking and chewing gum. You can’t focus on more than one task at a time, and you lose time adjusting and refocusing on a new task as you go back and forth. You spend less time when focused on one task, and then switching to a new task when the first is complete.
- Add fun to your day. Breaks are important, but so is fun. If you schedule your day full of work and no leisure time, you’ll burn out. So schedule a block of fun and/or relaxation. Read for leisure. Stretch. Watch TV (just don’t binge watch). Get a massage. Do whatever you enjoy and will refuel your energy tanks.
Start Your Day Earlier
The 5 AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders and The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod are two books that advocate getting up at 5 a.m. If you’re not a morning person, the idea of getting up at 5 a.m. can make you cringe. Nevertheless, getting up earlier than usual can help you get more done. You might even find yourself finishing earlier while doing more. There’s something about getting up earlier that helps you get more done in less time. If you can’t immediately start getting up at 5 a.m., set your alarm in earlier increments. Further, you don’t have get up at 5 a.m. The goal is to get up earlier than usual. So if you usually get up at 10 am, earlier might be 7 or 8 a.m.